Good afternoon football world, and welcome to your week 10 College Gameday review. This morning we had some technical difficulties this morning involving our DVR, and due to this reason we missed approximately the first 8 minutes of Gameday this morning. I would imagine that Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, offered us a little zing in our zang zang while Lzzy Hale shredded on a guitar for us, but if we missed anything incredibly important please send us a letter.
The show today was broadcasting from Morgantown, West Virginia, where we would see the Big 12 matchup between #7 TCU and #20 West Virginia. I truly think Morgantown is my favorite setting, with the show setting up right at the bottom of the sorority/fraternity hill.
Early on, we were hammered with a Gene W. piece on the coaching situation down there in Florida. The viewer was treated to a montage of clips from the Will Muschamp hiring press conference, where Florida AD Jeremy Foley told us how excited he was to have Muschamp here for a long time, and Muschamp told us that he was sure Foley had made the right decision to hire himself. Fast forward to 2014, and things sure have changed. Remember when Will Muschamp was the coach-in-waiting at Texas, but had to bolt for Florida because he was too hot of a commodity to wait around another decade or two for Mack Brown to retire? I guess neither of those things panned out too well. I just hope Florida wins today against Georgia so that we can get at least one more week of the Florida coaching soap opera before Muschamp is run out of town like a common pygmy.
Carrying on with this theme of chaos at a traditional power, the Gameday boys (with Pollack replacing Corso) decided to discuss the “resignation” of Michigan AD Dave Brandon. I was impressed with how well Desmond was composed during this segment, because he normally squirms around when Michigan controversy is brought up. The main fun fact from this segment was Kirk Herbstreit saying he was the biggest Michigan fan out there (which Desmond had to quickly correct).
A highlight segment featuring TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was followed up with a breakdown by noted quarterback guru and questionable wearer of men’s clothing, George Whitfield. This brings us to this week’s FABULOUS FASHION REVIEWS WITH @GAMEDAYJEN!!! Whitfield has scaled back his fashion statements in recent weeks, but this week Jennifer’s big takeaways were that he is still rocking the Jesse Palmer too-tight jacket, and won’t give up the damn brown shoes. He was also wearing the world’s tiniest rosette on his lapel.
We also can’t have fashion reviews without the Sam Ponder outfit of the week. This week Jennifer has declared that it is officially SAM PONDER FALL WEATHER WEAR SEASON!!! Jennifer said that she loves her boots and scarves, and that the lipstick was a nice accent this morning. As always, if Sam Ponder is reading this, your future best friend @gamedayjen is still waiting on a shoutout.
What would normally have been the strangest segment of an episode of Gameday was the Tom Rinaldi interview with Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato; an interview which was performed from within the College Gameday bus. I guess West Virginia fans hate Rakeem Cato that much (for what reason, I am not sure) that he could not be interviewed out in the open air. Weird interview setup, but he still seems like such a good kid. In this reporter’s opinion, Marshall deserves to be ranked at least 25, and you can take that all the way to the bank.
I say that the bus interview would normally be the strangest segment of the day because this was quickly trumped by the return of the Gameday boys dressing up as coaches (complete with creepy masks) with each of them defending their representative schools. This segment basically devolves each year into too much giggling behind the masks while the props start falling apart, but for some reason I hope they continue this each year.
This bizarre fake coaching segment also leads us into this week’s best signs. There were a good selection of signs today including “Gary Patterson gives out apples on Halloween”, the return of one of the true greats known as the “SPORTS” sign, a couple of signs from the SEC network reading “KENTUCKY HAS A FOOTBALL TEAM!” and “TIM TEBOW USES CHRISTIAN MINGLE”, and the tremendous work of the young man holding the sign reading “I’m wearing adult diapers so I don’t lose my spot!”. However, this week’s two best signs were unrivaled. This week’s first entry was the following:
Our second entry this week was a sign seen very briefly, and it may be hard to make out, but it reads “TREVONE ENJOYS BOYKIN DUDES”. This is classy work good sir.
This week’s Tom Rinaldi tear jerker centered on the Auburn wide receiver Sammy Coates, and his friendship with an 11 year old fan named Kenzie Ray. Kenzie has been a fan of Auburn since she was a toddler running through the house yelling “WAR EAGLE”, but is currently in the middle of a battle with AML (a type of leukemia). She has survived hospital stays, rounds of chemo, and a bone marrow transplant, and made friends with Coates on a trip to Auburn as a guest of the Auburn drill team. Coates vowed to never take off the wristband she gave him reading “Praying for Kenzie”, and he never has. He even drove 3 hours on a particularly rough night where she may not have survived to be with her. They now share a friendship which they hope to last a lifetime as she continues her battle. Touching stuff.
Another touching segment was the honoring of Lee Corso’s 250th headgear pick today, which saw a segment highlighting his career of picking games. He sat in silence, overwhelmed by the montage, for a minute or two while the crowd chanted his name. This touching moment was broken up by Fowler’s comedic relief, noting that “the crowd here in Morgantown loves you… at least for the moment”. See the following for more details: http://goo.gl/wOYlmi
Bald Man on Campus featuring Scott Van Pelt was back this week, and he was hanging in an overly casual manner with WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. The segment mostly centered around Holgorsen’s unique hair style, and much was made of comparisons to McCracken from the movie Kingpin.
Other quick notes include Desmond Howard revealing he is a Taurus, and Auburn DB claiming that they call the SEC West “the baby NFL” (which is an absurd claim). Another interesting note is that I’m not sure the phrase “Florida State” was said once during the entire show. No coverage of the exciting Thursday night finish against Louisville, no mention of Jameis Winston and his shenanigans, and no mention of Karlos Williams and his own recent controversy. Just interesting in my opinion. Also, David Pollack apparently sat around playing Mario Kart against WVU students yesterday. For fans of the now-defunct feature known as “DAVID POLLACK USING THE INTERNET”, we now bring you what will hopefully continue on into the future: “DAVID POLLACK PLAYING N64!”
When it came time to get down to the real business of picking the games, this week’s special guest celebrity was revealed to be none other than West Virginia native Braid Paisley. He seemed really knowledgeable about college football, even revealing that his first WVU game was as a kid watching Lee Corso’s Indiana team come into Morgantown to play in their “crappy little stadium” at the time. As the picks continued, the crew got to the random matchup of Pitt-Duke, to which Brad Paisley said he CERTAINLY WAS NOT GOING TO SUGGEST THE CROWD START A CHANT REGARDING PITT. The crowd immediately broke out into an “EAT SHIT PITT” chant, which was very quickly talked over by the rest of the crew so as to not offend women, young children, and the FCC. When it came time to pick the big game of the day, David Pollack had previously picked WVU. Desmond upset the home crowd by going with TCU, while Paisley picked WVU to nobody’s surprise. Kirk gave us generic keys to the game since he is calling the game as we speak. Corso talked up the West Virginia crowd big time and got them into a complete frenzy before apologizing to Brad, the WVU fans, and John Denver, while popping on the TCU Hornfrog headgear….backwards! Charley the Cat and Jennifer both went with WVU as well, this could end up being a close one. Enjoy the rest of your football day!
Update: Today’s “Desmond Howard Michigan Pick of the Week” saw a dejected and depressed Desmond Howard pick Indiana to beat his Michigan Wolverines. Wait, what? You read that right; Indiana over Michigan. THIS IS NOT A DRILL! SOMEONE ALERT MICHIGAN INTERIM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JIM HACKETT! This marks the first Desmond Howard pick against Michigan since week 11/27/2010, when he picked Ohio State to beat Michigan in week 13. Remember this day os that someday you can tell your grandchildren about the last time Desmond picked against Michigan.